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Grateful Dead Live at Memorial Coliseum, Mississippi State Fairgrounds on 1978-12-19

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Grateful Dead Live at Memorial Coliseum, Mississippi State Fairgrounds on 1978-12-19

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step-> Franklin's Tower, Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Loser, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Promised Land, Stagger Lee, Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Not Fade Away-> Around & Around, E: Casey Jones

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Memorial Coliseum, Mississippi State Fairgrounds
Location Jackson, MS

Source Audience Recording: Sony 54-P
Lineage Sony 54-P/Sony TC-158; Master AUD Cass> DAT> CD> DAE> FLAC
Taped by Bob Wagner
Transferred by


flac16; Sony 54-P/Sony TC-158; Master AUD Cass> DAT> CD> DAE> FLAC; taped by Bob Wagner; reported retransfer of the same original source as previous seed, with different flaws- see pub comments


Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2015
Subject: loving set 2
Never met a Scarlet>Fire or a Stella I didn't love. And no exception here. Add in high powered Truckin' and TOO, and you've got a great set! And a big fan of 78 and 79 NFA's, so bonus for me! Don't usually rate shows I wasn't at, but I can feel the happy vibe on this one. #BeKind #AINTNOTIMETOHATE
Reviewer: Chi town Big Tony - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2014
Subject: A sweet lullaby
Caught this show on GD channel tonite in the background, but not until the Stella Blue did the show get my full attention! '78 has always been an underrated year and once again this proved to be a great treat. Transition between SB and NFA is truly one of a kind....thanks boys!!
Reviewer: Werewolf1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2014
Subject: Keyboards
Edited version of post from November 2013:

This is a great show despite lack of keyboards!
Reviewer: kneadles1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2013
Subject: Nearly Fell Off My Chair
Read some reviews and went straight to the Stella Blue and the transition to Not Fade Away brought a huge smile!!!!!!

Wish I was there. I was at plenty of good and great shows, and this would have made me a very happy person to attend!

Great job on the recording and I'll keep looking for pearls like this!
Reviewer: jd042068 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2013
Subject: we "Heads" are certainly not experts......
I am not trying to shoot flames here....but love when people try to critique the boys....I tell ya what, when you can get up there....and we all show to hear you....then feel free...but till then, lid on it...and a shoe in it!!!! Please, and thank you...have a grateful sort of day!!!
Reviewer: renosson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2013
Subject: live dead
on the mark, get ready, get this set!!!
5stars not enough,up and over the wall folks!im on the floor for this show!thanks you people who bring these shows here,much kudos!!!
from the 70's to the early 90's it was a way of life to make every show possible,and now thanks to u we got it every day when i can.mahalo renosson
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2011
Subject: Sweet sounding AUDIENCE
This is a very cool show with a full, rich, stereo audience sound. Very energetic performance from the band. I really love the Stella > NFA transition. Show 1978 some respect!
Reviewer: timothyapetty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2010
Subject: INCREDIBLE Stella Blue -> NFA!
Keeping with my current fixation with '78 shows, this show definitely continues the greatness that was late-'78. Recording quality is insanely good, so thanks to the taper and transferred.

The highlight of the first set, for me, starts with a rocking "Minglewood" into a great "They Love Each Other". Slows down a bit with a less-than-spectacular "Me and My Uncle", but goes into a fantastic "Big River" capped off by a more than adequate "Loser".

Second set starts off good with a nice "Lightning > Supplication" and an acceptable "Scarlet / Fire". Hits a bit of a lull with "Promised Land" and "Stagger Lee" but that just may be my personal bias, as these two aren't exactly in my top favorite Dead songs. But it's all worth it when we get an awesome "Truckin'" with a nice Drums and jam.

The Other One > Stella Blue > NFA, with the last two respecively, are the Dead at their very best. Mind-blowing, and face-melting and all that other stuff. Amazing.

One of the best 78' shows out there both in both performance and recording quality. Some weak spots, but the high marks more than make up for it and this one gets 5-stars accordingly.
Reviewer: Norman Clegg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2010
Subject: Hey Peteo!!
Since you asked, here's a brief list of some of my very favorite versions of "Stella Blue":


This show is fabulous, a definite contender for one of the best of the year.....and I say this as a long-time "1978 junkie"! I'm so glad they pulled this out of the hat in my beloved home state.....and, yeah, that transition from "Stella" into "NFA" IS mind-blowing!!

5 stars for performance and the killer AUD recording!!
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2010
Subject: Great Show!
I really love these late '78 shows. The whole year is absolutely unique and stellar. This particular show has a great Scarlet>Fire and one hell-of-a Truckin'. Phil contributes some particularly BAD vocals to the choruses, but it is a high energy performance with an amazing jam out. The Stella Blue>N.F.A. will blow your mind! Just listen to the segue between the songs! I love the sound quality here too. Just like sitting 20 rows back from the stage! Keith is drowned out, but all else is good. Enjoy!
Reviewer: Peteo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2009
Subject: stella
I have been looking for a real sweet jerry's finger work at the end. Other stella suggestions welcome.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: Good Solid Show
Good setlist--good times.
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: Slow to Start but Timeless 2nd Set
Beautiful Aud recording, the drums really echo thru the chamber.

1st Set:
Although the Half Step>Franklins is nice and mellow, a 4 star performance, the rest of the set is slow and Jerry in particular seems a little sick or out of it.

2nd Set:
Scarlet > Fire is really sweet, pretty, and smooth. Truckin, Drums, Other One are all very solid, in forceful 78 style, and then there's the Stella > UNFORGETTABLE moment! Really, extremely, tears-to-your-eyes beautiful transition. The encore of Casey Jones is also perfectly done. Get this show now!!
Reviewer: jglynn1.2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2008
Subject: Stella
Real nice Stella > Not Fade > Around & Around . . . well worth a listen & DL. Great AUD of a Real Solid Show.
Reviewer: dchapple - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2008
Subject: first of many, many
eleventh grade, first dead show, life
and perception changing to say the least.
if there is any doubt as to the sheer
joy these guys brought to us all, just
shut up for a second, and LISTEN!
all of this changed my way of thinking,
as well as opening up a whole beautiful and
enourmous well of possibilities, man..
after some 70 shows, it is still magic.
if the thunder don't get
you then the lightnin' will..
Reviewer: grateful kev - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2006
Subject: A VERY GOOD AUD FROM 1978
Reviewer: pkonems - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2006
Subject: Ticket Stub, picture and flyer
Reviewer: St.Stephen71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2006
Subject: good sound recording
not the greatest but good sound recording
Reviewer: Jac from Tucson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2006
Subject: Wow, it's fun checking out audience recordings
Like the yahoo below, I was an "elitist" and simply would not consider trades for shows unless they were A+ soundboards, or at least A soundboards for shows I really wanted. I'd never consider audience recordings.

When the Dead Organization pulled DLs of the soundboards, I was furious. I was so mad, I thought about having the Stealie tattoo removed from my right bicep. But one day I was twiddling around with the options, and found this link to downloadable shows, almost all of which are audience recordings. One option allows you to rank the downloadable shows by rating, and, bam, did I come across a whole bunch of 1981 shows (why that year, I dunno...) that were 5-star audience recordings. I've DL'd a bunch of '81, plus a tasty 9-7-85 Red Rocks show, and a hilarious 7-31-71 show from Yale, where the damn audience CLAPS along with the Dead for three whole CDs! I never would have discovered those shows, or this nice one from Jackson, Mississippi, if I hadn't been "forced" to "go slumming" among the audience recordings. Yeah, a lot of them still suck, but if you take the time, jewels like this (and Barton Hall, Cornell University, 1981) will unveil themselves.

So, in retrospect, pulling the SBDs still was RUDE AS HELL, but I've found a whole new group of Dead shows to explore!

Try to find that positive side, eh?


Jac in Tucson
Reviewer: Cadillacluster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2006
Subject: Pigpen Heaven
Compared to other online live audio downloads of The Grateful Dead, this one sounds really good to me. Originally I was looking just to locate the tour date for this concert, since I am from Jackson,Ms. and I attended this-my one and only Grateful Dead concert. I just wanted to determine if it was in '78 or '79, it's been awhile you know. Anyway, I was elated to be able to locate the date, but to find the actual audio download for me was just TOO MUCH !!! As I recall, the authorities were so afraid that something iconoclastic was going to occur that they left the house lights on, if not for the whole concert-most of it! Unfortunately, this was after Pigpen's passing, but I still enjoyed the J-Bob show. And of course, you don't appreciate things as much when they're around until it's too late, and they're gone. So, for me I am really enjoying the exhumation of this fond memory. And now just as it was then, I am still in Pigpen Heaven!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2006
Subject: This is a really cool show
The nimrod below picks a show to complain about the SBDs being gone for a show where a board doesn't even exist. Nice. You go dude!!
Reviewer: richbutnotwealthy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2006
Subject: i guess this aint 2 bad
Not a fan of aud/microphone recordings at all..... But this sounds very good ....aint the best show performance wise but pretty solid..... But all things considered a nice download...... But I think that is why Phil is all for the sbds.....cause that way he can be heard me the low end /bass seems lost on most of the auds.....but any way that's the ratbobs fault.....
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